Sneak peek at One Small Island, a new non-fiction picture book about the life and times of Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island lies in the Southern Ocean, between Antarctica and New Zealand.  A speck of green in the vast, windswept sea, it is a haven for many creatures that live above and below the waves.

In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site.  Together they explore the island’s unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.

This beautifully presented book leaves us with an important question: can Macquarie Island and places like it be saved?

Note from the editor:

One Small Island  is a beautifully designed and illustrated non-fiction picture book about the life and times of Macquarie Island – a sub-Antarctic Island and World Heritage Site – from award-winning picture book creators, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch. It is a moving account of what happens to a beautiful, pristine ecosystem when its environment is exploited, and how subsequent regeneration is possible; so it’s ultimately a hopeful story about what can be done to restore our natural environment, which is one of the things I love about it.

There is also an absolute wealth of information here for exploring in the classroom, both in the context of looking at the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments and the bigger picture need for a sustainable approach to our treatment of the environment, tying in with national curriculum sustainability topics.

More generally, May 2011 to June 2012 is the Antarctic Centennial Year and there are many conferences and public events happening to coincide with this in and around Hobart and the rest of the world (see http://www.antarcticcentennial.tas.gov.au/home for more information), so these would provide some great points of interest for studying this book in the classroom along with general Antarctic and sustainability studies.

Also important to note:

  • Antarctica is a unit of study in all curricula in every State and Territory in Australia. A significant part of this study is the sub-Antarctic islands, of which Macquarie is one. There is a market for the book in schools across the country tapping into and linking with the Antarctic theme.
  • One Small Island is more than just a story of a little known island in the middle of the Southern Ocean. It’s also an environmental story and to this effect has a secondary market in school Environmental Studies programs. Macquarie can be seen as a microcosm of our planet.

One Small Island will be published on 1st August 2011.

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